Strategies for Developing a 
Respectful, Diverse, and Inclusive 
Workplace Culture

Back by popular demand!


Course starts October 13

1015 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, 
Washington, DC 20005
Maureen Brown




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Employers are under significant scrutiny for the environment that exists in their workplaces.  In recent years, #MeToo, systemic racism, gender inequality, generational differences, and negative behaviors in the workplace have posed enormous challenges for managers that, if ignored, can result in lack of engagement, attrition, and lawsuits.  

Strategies for Developing a Respectful, Diverse, and Inclusive Workplace Culture is designed to help those in management positions learn how to address these challenges by developing a culture of respect and inclusion. 

When respect thrives in the workplace, so does an engaged staff committed to excellence. 

Module One: Creating a Culture of Engagement and Respect

  • What is workplace culture and how does it impact whether there is a tolerance of inequality, harassment, and other negative behaviors 
  • How culture is embedded in an organization and what leaders can do to make a difference 
  • What are ranges of behaviors that can impact a workplace, weaken morale, and drive attrition 
  • Why it is important to address negative behaviors, even if those behaviors are not legally actionable 
  • Key strategies that can change culture and create an environment where employees are engaged and can bring their authentic selves to work

Module Two: Minimizing the Impacts of Unconscious Bias

  • What patterns of unconscious bias matter most in the workplace 
  • How unconscious bias impacts organizational structures and policies, for example, the recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and promotion processes
  • Important strategies organizations and individuals can implement to reduce the impacts of unconscious bias 

Module Three: Strengthening Multi-Generational Teams

  • What the research tells us about generational patterns and why it matters
  • How to discern myths from realities 
  • What practices workplaces can consider today for the newest entrants into the workplace, who may be significantly impacted by the interruptions in their education and social development as a result of COVID-19 
  • Crucial strategies that can strengthen multi-generational teams and promote organizational excellence 

Module Four: Bystander Intervention 

  • The integral relationship between silent bystanders and the perpetuation of negative conduct 
  • How to recognize the categories of roles that bystanders can play 
  • Safe and appropriate strategies that can empower bystanders to intervene 
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, President of Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership

Lauren Rikleen is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse, and multi-generational workforce. Lauren consults, speaks, and provides training programs focusing on: creating a respectful and diverse workplace culture; minimizing individual and institutional unconscious bias; strengthening multi-generational relationships in the workplace; and women’s leadership and advancement.

Lauren is the author of 4 books, including
The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace and You Raised Us, Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams. She has written more than 180 articles and has been interviewed by major media outlets around the country for her insights into workplace challenges.

As a former law firm equity partner, Lauren managed a diverse environmental law practice, bringing her strategic and negotiating skills to her clients' enforcement and compliance problems. She is also an experienced mediator. For two decades, Lauren was selected by her peers to be listed in Best Lawyers in America. She has also been included in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Lauren brings an extraordinary background of leadership positions in professional and community organizations to her work at the Rikleen Institute, including leadership roles within her community, the American Bar Association, and service as a former president of the Boston Bar Association.

Program Begins October 13

Limited Seats Available

This four-module course combines the scheduling ease of video learning and the immediacy and intensity of a live classroom. 

* Access recorded lectures anytime via computer, tablet, or smartphone 
* Attend weekly live discussions with instructor via WebEx Meeting
* Work together on small group assignments
Participants will earn a minimum of 8 PDHs too!

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